Waialee Beach Park Snorkeling
The 21st most popular snorkel dive spot in Oahu.
Monday 30 April 2018 06:38 GMT
North of Honolulu and Waimea on Oahu, the snorkeling at Waiale'e Beach Park is relatively unknown and can offer solitude. While many snorkelers are content with the good marine life right off the beach, there is also a small island about 100 feet offshore known as Kukaimanini Island. If the surf is calm, there is good snorkeling off the right side of Kukaimanini Island. You can expect to see butterfly fish, sea turtles, and convict tangs.
To reach Waialee Beach Park snorkeling from Honolulu, head west on H1 to H2. Head north on H2 to Kamehameha Highway. Continue north on Kamehameha Highway. From Waimea Beach Park, continue 4.9 miles towards Turtle Bay Resort and look for the unmarked parking for Waiale'e Beach Park on the left, west side of the road. It is located 1.7 miles south of Turtle Bay Resort. There is lots of glass in the parking lot so make sure to wear shoes. There's also plenty of car window glass indicating burglaries. To reach the best snorkeling on Oahu by air, you will need to fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) which is located just on the west side of Honolulu. There are direct flights into Honolulu from the US, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan and Fiji. In addition, there are inter-island flights to all the main Hawaiian Islands. When planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands, be aware that the State Of Hawaii has banned all sunscreens that oxybenzone, which has been proven to kill coral reefs. There is good snorkeling on Oahu year-round. But, the conditions very around the island depending upon time of year due to winds and currents. The north shore snorkeling dives are best from June through September and are usually closed out the rest of the year due to high surf. The south shore dive sites are best from November through May. The main exception is Hanauma Bay, which tends to be good year-round since it is very protected.
Overall, Waialee Beach Park is the 21st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 23 snorkeling dives in Oahu. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Waialee Beach Park including Kuilima Cove, Sharks Cove, Three Tables, Kawela Bay, Hanakailio Bay and Kaihalulu BayTurtle Beach.